Leona Tobien

Mira Makai

Leona Tobien and Mira Makai - Ceramics

Dalma Mira Makai (born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1990. Lives and works in
Budapest). The brightly glazed ceramics of Mira Makai gleam in the illuminated
showcase as though they were magnificent corals under water. Yet their realism
remains intangible. The canvas behind them, however, signals that the objects also
simply constitute painted items in a three-dimensional space. The canvas is similarly
colourful and fluid in structure. Above all, it is an incredibly vibrantly painted
abstract spatial representation. (Award winner 2015)
- Vitus Weh - Art Advisor of Esterházy Private Foundation

Leona Tobien (born in Karachi, Pakistan, in 1970 , lives and works in Berlin)
”No use intended
What is it for? A question that is regulary asked with ceramic objects.
My works are for limited use or no use at all. They develop depending on the
materials used: Porcelain and paperclay create fragile objects; Raku clay creates more
solid ones.
The material can tear and break. My drug is the material, it looks for its own shape
and surface. My hands shape but don’t control.
The glazing of the ceramics creates more possible designs than the modelling. The
glazing can be glossy or matt, block out or transparent. The colours often do their
own thing. They change their shade according to the temperature, the thickness of the
application, the supply of oxygen, the ratio of the mixture, the type of clay and the
conditions on the day.
Some objects develop from nothing and are pure aesthetics that bow down to the
earth and the colour.”